The Elements of Shallow Work vs Deep Work in the Remote Work World
by Najette Fellache
Labor experts define shallow work as non-cognitive, logistical or minor duties an individual conducts when they are distracted. These tasks are relatively easy to complete and require little effort mentally. Examples include replying to an email, browsing websites, social media interactions, answering an online survey and attending a meeting in a passive state.
Deep work is the ability to concentrate on a cognitively demanding task with no distractions. Deep work is a state of maximum productivity, but very few individuals nowadays get to do deep work. Individuals tend to concentrate on blurs, like emails and social media. Individuals in deep work are engaging in professional activities that will require them to push themselves to their limits. A good comparison of the two is the desire to complete a big project, and then an email from HR on your annual leave status pops up.
The elements are:
For your remote team to create a balance between the two, workers must divide their work into properly defined stretches. When it is time for work, the worker will seek maximum concentration. In deep work, your teammate can create screencasts using Weet and edit a final cut to produce incisive work. For shallow work, the replies can be integrated with day-to-day activities.
2. Rituals and routine
Shallow work is the easiest to create a routine. If a colleague asks for a small clarification on Weet, the response can be given when taking tea. Most people tend to respond to their emails more or less at the same time. For in-depth work, an individual will need to invest significant time and money into the activity. It requires thoughtful planning. With Weet, it’s possible to record videos during deep state offline and upload them later freeing workers of any distractions.
Both deep work and shallow work require teamwork. For remote workers to work effectively, they will need the inputs of a colleague at some point. Weet enables live screencasting as well as offline screencasting. When a participant comes online, Weet will give you a notification. Also, Weet allows the user to record voice, video as a viewer and ask questions by sending messages along the Weet as feedback.
4. Execute like a business
For the remote worker, formulating goals for deep work or shallow work is easy. Execution is the challenging part. Deep work is intensive and requires careful attention, so make the right decision and prosper, and vice versa. While in deep work, pick small ambitious tasks that get done quickly and proceed to the more difficult tasks. As you progress, you will calculate a higher degree of enthusiasm. As you move login to your Weet account whether offline or online, to track your progress.
Finally, remote workers will always realize the importance of having a session of deep work. Shallow work poses no severe challenges so balance between the both is key. Tools like Weet can facilitate by enabling you to create, download, edit, share, or delete your Weet video after a session of productivity.